October 23, 2014 RSS feed / Top News

THE DIVA DIARIES

Taken aback by the earlier and earlier arrival of the snowbirds

Well, that escalated quickly. More...

Mustang Owner app puts you in driver’s seat

Ford and Tweddle have launched a new, full-featured, interactive smartphone application for owners and enthusiasts of the all-new Ford Mustang. More...

Make riding personal watercraft safe, fun

Many owners of personal watercraft such as Jet Skis, Sea-Doos and WaveRunners consider these fun little vessels to be “water toys” rather than boats. More...

Fair at Fenway South returns to JetBlue Park in November

Just in time for the cooler fall weather, the Fair at Fenway South returns to JetBlue Park for three big weekends in November. The fair will open weekends from Nov. More...

Community Foundation announces grant winners

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation has awarded 12 nonprofit agencies in the region with $350,000 in funding. More...

Students take their next big step

The graduating class of 2014 is just getting settled into their first year out of high school, parents’ “college weekends events” are over and transition has officially begun. More...

Our Approach:The Birth of FutureMakers

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation convened our first Regional Call to Action, assembling school officials, mentors, financial contributors and other stakeholders to discuss solutions. More...

School-by-school FAFSA Completion

WE LAUNCHED FUTUREMAKERS WITH optimism and realism, knowing a program of this magnitude requires baby steps before it can take off running. More...

Grad App

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Special Sections

Business News

Dream seeking

Entrepreneurs compete to turn their big ideas into reality

AS AN EVENT PLANNER RON RILEY’S BEEN doing this a long time. Well, not this exactly. Nothing like this. This, known as American Dream Seekers, is something else — more than a year in the planning. More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

PG post office leads in breast cancer stamp sales

I doubt if the offices at the Komen foundation are as enthusiastically decorated to support breast cancer awareness as is the Punt Gorda Post Office, 130 E. Marion Ave. More...

Gartner identifies the Top 10 strategic technology trends for 2015

Gartner, a business information company with offices in Fort Myers, recently highlighted the top 10 technology trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2015. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

The psychology of the SCARE

Experts say fear helps us escape the true anxieties in life

THE HORDE IN RED ROBES WITH EXPRESsionless faces, void of individuality, stood by the general, the doctor and the executioner in their haunted house, dress rehearsal huddle. “Go for the chicken,” coached creative director Craig McInnis. More...

FSW and Edison & Ford Estates co-host Black Maria Film Fest

The Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival returns to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, and the Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus of Florida SouthWestern State College Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24-25. More...

Local physicians entertain at third annual ‘Physicians Got Talent’

It’s a standard adage to tell budding performers not to quit their day job. More...

$4 billion in boats to anchor at 55th annual Fort Lauderdale boat show

More than $4 billion worth of boats — runabouts, sportfishers, high-performance boats, center consoles, cabin cruisers, flats boats, skiffs, express cruisers, sailing yachts, motor yachts, bowriders, catamarans, ski boats, jet boats, trawlers, More...

FSW honors vets, holds open house

Florida SouthWestern State College’s Armed Service Members Continuing Education club, along with The Office of Student Life and The Veteran Affairs Office, are hosting a Pre-Veteran’s Day ceremony to honor all who have served our country. More...

Coming up at the Renaissance Academy

The Renaissance Academy of FGCU offers lifelong learning classes to enrich life experiences at any age. The following sessions will be held at Herald Court Centre in downtown Punta Gorda. More...

Sewage, beer and food scraps power Chevy’s bi-fuel Impala

Trash to fuel, the stuff of the 1980s sci-fi comedy movie trilogy “Back to the Future” is now a reality. More...

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

THURSDAY, OCT. 23, 9 P.M. Doc Martin Danny’s near death experience has made him appreciate how precious life is, and how special his relationship with Louisa is to him. More...

FUTUREMAKERS COALITION

CHANGES FUTURE FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES

Lumina Foundation Spotlights Southwest Florida DURING THE PAST YEAR, THE WORK OF FutureMakers in the Southwest Florida region has gotten the attention of Lumina Foundation. More...

Better Together

IF NOT YOU, THEN WHO? I WAS ASKED THIS recently about our work in the Southwest Florida region. The SWFL Community Foundation, once strictly a granting organization, has evolved to that of a convener, leader and change maker. And it’s working! More...

The Financial Challenge

The Florida College Access Network got the attention of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s Initiatives team when it reported more than $100 million in Pell Grants — free money for college — went unclaimed by Florida’ More...

Photo

“One day we will collectively look back and know we’ve solved a big problem together. More...

Real Estate News

House Hunting:

13447 Chenille Drive, Port Charlotte

This custom-built waterfront home features 10-foot ceilings and 8-foot doors throughout, with columns and arches enhancing the Mediterranean design. More...

How will extra sales tax affect property values?

Investment in the community is usually considered a good thing, for the community itself and also for real estate values. Investment is an indicator of confidence in future of the area and also simply makes a better place to live. More...

WCI Communities begins construction on Sarasota National clubhouse

WCI Communities has started construction on the three-building clubhouse at Sarasota National, its 2,400-acre master-planned community in Venice. More...